Let’s say you have a DePuy ASR hip implant and you’re having problems. The Orthopedist says you’ll need a second surgery to replace the bad ASR. Maybe you’ve already had the surgery and you’re on your second hip implant. Either way, its expensive, time consuming, and really painful. You think to yourself, “its time to call an attorney.” Your next problem is deciding who should represent you. A quick search online and you’ll find hundreds of lawyers and law firms ready to take your case. It’s always good to have choices, but here’s some advice on how to narrow it down to a law firm that’s best suited for your situation.
1. FIND AN ATTORNEY WHO WILL REPRESENT YOU THEMSELVES WHEN YOU GET TO COURT- There’s something to be said for sitting down with the actual lawyer who will represent you and starting a relationship off on a personal level. You are choosing a legal professional to speak on your behalf, so you should have that foundation of communication established. You also want to know that your attorney will be the person actually litigating the case. It’s like having a baby. Sure, any doctor will do just fine in the delivery room, but most people want to know the physician getting them through this is the one who’s been with them through all 9 months of the pregnancy.
2. HIRE A MEDICAL PRODUCTS LIABILITY LAWYER- Not all law firms handle the same cases. You should look for an attorney who specializes in your situation. You wouldn’t want your family doctor to perform heart surgery on you, right? The same holds true for your attorney. In the case of the DePuy ASR Hip Recall, look for a law firm that handles MEDICAL products liability. Its a very narrow specialty and typically these attorneys have a strong medical background. Ideally, a good rule of thumb is to choose a law firm with a long track record of representing other plaintiffs with similar medical product defects. The learning curve can be steep for these high profile cases, so why not find an attorney who already knows the ropes.